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The Swingle Singers
Ferris Wheels   

Song NameComposerArranger
UnravelBjork GudmundsdottirAaron Jensen
Both Sides NowJoni MitchellClare Wheeler
On the 4th of JulyJames TaylorClare Wheeler
L'ete 42Jean DrejacWard Swingle
River ManNick DrakeTom Bullard
Until (A Matter of Moments)StingKevin Fox & Erin Armstrong
Elanor RigbyJohn Lennon & Paul McCartneyKevin Fox
No More "I Love You's"David Freeman & Joseph HughsJoanna Goldsmith
Flying High/ Wake Me Up When September EndsJem Griffiths & Paul Herman/Billie Joe ArmstrongTom Bullard
Summer SoftStevie WonderRichard Eteson
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)Billy JoelJulie Kench
God Only KnowsBrian WilsonClare Wheeler

The Swingles, the mixed-voice world-class, multiple Grammy-winning, legendary a cappella octet from London and one of our favorite Vocal Jazz groups of all time, originally broke into the Jazz scene of 1963 because of Ward Swingle's innovation. He handed his group of session singers charts for an instrumental, Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier," which led to their double Grammy hit album "Bach's Greatest Hits." There is this kind of innovation and artistry on "Ferris Wheels," which comes from the Joni Mitchell hit "Both Sides Now" ("Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels, the dizzy, dancing way you feel"), the second of 12 wonderfully crafted songs on the album. The ethereal "Unravel," James Taylor's lazy-day, bluesy "On the 4th of July," the exquisite French adaption of the theme from "Summer of '42," "L'Ete 42," Nick Drake's stunning bluenote "River Man," Sting's powerful, waltzlike "Until," and a symphonic arrangement of Lennon/McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby" by group member Kevin Fox (who also sings lead on it). David Freeman and Joseph Hughs' "No More I Love Yous," Stevie Wonder's "Summer Soft," Billy Joel's "Goodnight My Angel" and Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" are all beautifully arranged and performed. "Ferris Wheels" is a masterpiece by the Swingles that touches and satisfies on many levels. One of the best Jazz/Pop albums of the year and highly recommended!

Item code: 2134C | 1 CD | $4.95 add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | A Cappella | Mixed | England

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